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BBC Brings 1930s TV Programmes Online for free

In a monumental attempt to step in the digital world big time, the BBC has announced that it will port its entire catalogue of TV programming online.

That's almost 81 years of BBC content which will be made available through its websites and quite possibly through its iPlayer and Kangaroo platforms in a near future.

Rather than merely content for use online; the Beeb is planning to create a web page for every episode of every programme ever broadcasted by the BBC which will bring written content, links and probably unseen footage in what would amount to a giant multimedia wikipedia filled with BBC content.

BBC Vision Director, Jana Bennett said that “Eventually, we will add our programme back catalogue to produce pages for programming stretching back over nearly 80 years - featuring all the information we have on the richest TV and radio archive in the world.”

It is unknown whether radio programmes will also be included in the project, but one can expect that the success of the iPlayer promises an even greater success for this lang-haul project.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.